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Press Release

Release Date: November 27, 2018
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Located at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, the Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture features Chickasaw and other Southeastern Indian genealogy, oral history workshops, digitization events, lecture series, conferences, roundtable discussions and book signings.

The climate and light-controlled artifact storage room protects genealogy records, photo archives and historic documents.

Gina Brown, director of archives and family history for the department of culture and humanities, said she enjoys meeting people who are excited about their history.

“I have kids and grandkids that need to know where they came from and why we are here today,” Brown said. “If they want to research our family files or look at pictures of their ancestors, it will be preserved here at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.”

Genealogy services offers the largest and most extensive collection of Chickasaw archival material in the region. Some of these collections include marriage records, family histories, a complete set of Dawes enrollment of Chickasaw citizens from 1896-1906, obituary and cemetery records.

The primary purpose of the Chickasaw Nation genealogy services is to assist the public with family research pertaining to the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma.

Holisso Center services are free to Chickasaw citizens and open to the public. The Holisso encourages Chickasaw families to submit photographs to be scanned and placed in various archives.

Oral traditions, family histories, books and documents with cultural and historical significance can also be archived.

“We belong to a unique tribe with a Native identity,” Brown said. “We have documents that prove our being and heritage. We are Chickasaw.”

To make an appointment, or to request information, call (580) 622-7130 or email